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Wednesday October 30, 2013 Indiana State University Volume 121 Issue 28


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Thinking outside the church:

Other than the popular religions, what else is out there?


Top of the class:

What does it mean to be a professional student?


A winner crowned: Several women vie for Miss ISU PAGE 11

Athlete excels at home, on the track and in the field Bobby Webb finds success and satisfaction in life with his family as well as in college competition THOMAS BEELER Sports Editor A full-time student-athlete and family man with two daughters and wife at home, senior multi-event athlete Bobby Webb has a support system to continue competing in his passion of track and field. Webb’s decathlon event is a combination of ten separate events: high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, pole vault, javelin, 100-meter dash, 400-meter run, 1500-meter run and 110-meter hurdles. Webb said he initially competed in high school because all his friends did track and he wanted to do something after school. His skill in different events took some time to grow, Webb said. “When I came here I wasn’t really very good at any one event in particular,” Webb said. “I was pretty average at all different things, nowhere good enough to be on a Division I level,” he said. “I was walk-on, so

it turned out to me trying different events and just got good at them because of the coaching here.” Webb came to Indiana State because of the quality of the political science department, his major. He wanted to stay close to his family but at the same time have a college experience. “I really do this for my family,” he said. “I have two daughters and a wife, Allison. She knows I have a passion for track and she supports me. “I do it because it allows me to go to school and get an education. It’s just a good thing for my family overall.” Webb’s wife supports him during away and home meets along with his mother, Micki, and the couple’s two daughters, three-year-old Piper and two-year-old Decathalon athlete Bobby Webb, an ISU senior, Bennington. competes in jump events during a 2011 meet against Drake University (Photos courtesy of CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 ISU Athletics at

Week of events expected to empower women JAZMYNE KING and TAMERA RHODES This week the Student African-American Sisterhood celebrates their annual events to bond within their organization while opening events up for all students for the first time. “We are sisters on the same journey, empowering one another through social unity, academic excellence, leadership and support” is the organization’s motto.

So for some members, such as freshman speech and language pathology major, Yasmeen Lewis, this is the first time being a part of the Student African-American Sisterhood. She said she enjoys bonding with the other women, as well as having the capability to connect with others who share the same experiences as she does.

For other members, fellow Student African-American Sisterhood members are like second family to them through the bonds formed within the sisterhood, which they feel are unbreakable. Alicia Elms, senior human development and family studies major has been an active member for three years and she said the group has made a major impact on her life. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Page 2 News Editor, Tamera Rhodes

Withdrawals up at three-week mark, report shows Aymen Mohammed Reporter A three-week attendance report revealed that 65 students withdrew from classes. Susan Powers, associate vice president of academic affairs said the report shows how many students were absent from classes online or on campus. “At the three-week mark, faculty indicate if a student has never attended class, or is attending,” Powers said. The three-week attendance report reveals how many students are enrolled in Indiana State University, as well as if students were granted financial aid or student loans. Powers said the data takes five days before the results are made available and the data received is not kept for any future reference. After faculty gathers the information, it is forwarded to the financial aid office. When a student is reported as never attending all of their enrolled courses, they are considered to be withdrawn and all federal and state financial aid is required to be returned. Some students register in more than one university and attend each of the college orientations. During the first three weeks, they decide which university they are most Indiana State University’s three-week attendance report showed 65 students withdrew from classes this semester (Photo courtesy interested in attending. Powers said the first three weeks give of ISU Communications and Marketing). students and faculty time to get a routine through the three-week attendance down pat. It is far enough into the semester is facing issues with attending other situations in the future. “At a different university, one student report, she said. for everything to settle down, which lets courses, as well. committed suicide and no one knew “They have freedom at college, so students and faculty figure out the system, about the student for weeks, ” Phillips they do not get up early to go to classes,” she said. “It’s good that we take three- said. Phillips said. The process for determining absence in week attendance because it She said another benefit of the threeThe report also pinpoints which web courses is different from campus classes, week attendance report is for advisors to students are falling behind early on to forces faculty to really look Powers said. meet with students who are absent and professors and helps them determine “For distance courses, there must closely.” find out if the student is ill or unhappy whether they deserve full credit or not. be an interaction between faculty and with the program. Phillips said it gives faculty no other students to determine attendance—a “I had a couple graduate students all choice but to evaluate where students student who logs into Blackboard only, the way [through the semester,]who just stand in the course, which ensures does not count as attendance,” she said. Betty Phillips, professor of linguistics really didn’t attend because their family students have an opportunity to change Faculty members report student wanted them to come to a Teaching their poor academic performance attendance via the ISU portal much like Betty Phillips, professor of linguistics, English as a Second Language program before it is too late. the way student grades are submitted, said it is good for faculty to take and [students] were not really interested “It’s good that we take three-week she said. attendance and keep close tabs on it in doing that, ” Phillips said. attendance because it forces faculty to Powers said faculty look at the A student’s immaturity can be defined really look closely,” she said. student’s data to identify if the student because it could prevent desperate

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Out of Darkness walk sheds light on suicide victims Tamera Rhodes News Editor Phi Gamma Delta’s annual Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Nov. 2 with their biggest fundraising goal that has been set during the three years the organization has hosted the event. Billy Allen, Phi Gamma Delta Service and Philanthropy Chair, said for three years the Greek organization has managed the fundraiser. He said during the first year his organization raised funds in the upper $1,000 range. The second year, the walk drew in low $2,000 but this year their goal has increased to raise up to $5,000. The funds raised will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Allen said this year the event has already made a recordbreaking feat. “There are more people registered this year and we have contacted more organizations than in the prior years,” Allen who has been involved in the event all three years, said. Anyone can participate in the event and the walk is free, and he said the only

requirement is for those who participate to be registered. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Indiana State University’s campus. “The event will focus on a walk around campus to raise awareness of suicide and mental illness, as well as to honor those individuals lost to suicide,” Allen said. He said it means a great deal for Phi Gamma Delta to help community members. “We take any chance we can to help those in need,” Allen said. He said suicide and mental illness are huge problems in America and many other parts of the world. “Spreading awareness and raising funds to inform people about it will hopefully help those people who have had suicidal thoughts, mental illness, or who have lost someone due to suicide,” Allen said. But for him, the event goes much deeper since he has been directly affected through his little sister’s illness.

“I think this is a great event and it really hits home with me,” he said. “I have a little sister named Katie who has Lyme Disease and has had mental illness as a side effect of the condition.”

“The event will focus on a walk around campus to raise awareness of suicide and mental illness, as well as honor those individuals lost to suicide.” Billy Allen, Phi Gamma Delta Service and Philanthropy Chair His experience with his sister has really taught him a lot about mental illness and the reasoning behind suicide, he said. “It is often dismissed as a selfish act, but in reality, the frame of mind of the person at the time is not in the correct phase and they are not trying to harm anyone by their actions,” Allen said.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website, these walks are designed to raise awareness about depression and suicide, as well as provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide. The foundation’s website states “there is a suicide attempt made every minute of every day, resulting in nearly one million attempts made annually.” Dylan Lutz, a freshman exploratory studies major, is participating in the event for the first time this year. He said every member has volunteered in various ways to assist with the event, but he particularly likes the fact that the efforts help the younger generation. “Each brother has played a part in the Out of the Darkness event, whether it is talking to other organizations or talking to businesses and handing out fliers,” Lutz said. “It’s for a great cause . . . I like that we are raising money for something that affects so many young people nowadays our age.”

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Above: The Student African-American Sisterhood bonded during Homecoming while marching in the annual Blue and White Parade (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing). Below: Student African-American Sisterhood kicked off their annual events for the week with the ‘Big or Small, Save Them All: The 411 on Breast Cancer’ event to hear breast cancer survivors and their family members speak about the importance of awareness (Photo by Tamera Rhodes).

“Being in this sisterhood has made me realize how important empowering young ladies are,” Elms said. Two events have already taken place this week, including the Breast Cancer event that kicked-off the series of events Monday and the ‘Bowling with S.A.A.S.’ event Tuesday. There are still events left to attend this week and Elms said she is looking forward to the Battle of the Sexes event Thursday. “I am excited about this event this year, it is different, it’s more structured and more organized with more excitement,” Elms said. “I’m excited to see it all come together.” Valerie Hart-Craig, the coordinator for mentoring assistant for productive scholars and ISUcceed, said it is important for all organizations to hold annual events and the Student African-American Sisterhood is no different. “I like the idea of the different organizations having a week,” Craig said. “[Student African-American Sisterhood] separates themselves from the other organizations, but all the organizations stand out in their own way, S.A.A.S. [Student African-American Sisterhood] targets more academically sound females.” This year the organization’s annual events week will be open for other students

to participate in. Senior psychology major and president of the Student African-American Sisterhood Tionna Harris encourages everyone to attend the events for support, as well as enjoyment. She said she is excited with this year’s connection between the Student AfricanAmerican Sisterhood other organizations. “We are collaborating with some of the other organizations,” Harris said. “I think that everyone will enjoy these events, some are educational and some are social.”

The S.A.A.S events continue throughout this week: • Wednesday, there will be the Wild-N-Out event scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., located in the Sycamore Lounge. • Thursday’s event is the Battle of the Sexes starting at 7 p.m. in Dede I. • On Friday, Nightmare on S.A.A.S. Street Costume Party takes place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., located in Dede II and Dede III. The cost is $3 per person in costume and $4 per person without a costume.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Page 5 Opinions Editor, Samual Clark Editor in Chief, Brianne Hofmann

Gotta Preach ‘Em All: Religious conditioning in US I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but religious debate these days boils down to one mentality: If you’re not Christian, you have no religion. I’ve seen it in classroom debates, social discussions and even televised political interviews. The problem that people believe Columnist isn’t Christianity is the one true religion; it’s that they seem to instinctually think it’s the only religion. Let me be perfectly clear; I’m not saying people actually think there is only one religion, I’m saying we subconsciously don’t seem to acknowledge that there are others. If I said, “I’m not Christian,” few if any will respond with, “so what religion are you?” Most will just assume I’m atheist and go about their day. I mean, come on people, even Brother Jed and Brother Larry acknowledge that other religions exist – mind you, they do think other religions are sinful. But seriously, ask around. Not just the Christians but anyone in America will agree, if someone says “he’s religious,” people automatically assume “Christian.” The only time someone thinks of another religion is if the religious person in question is foreign. I’m sorry, does that sound like prejudice? Well, guess

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what, it is. Our mentality on faith is very prejudice. If a white guy says he’s Muslim or a Hindu; people will look at him weird, because apparently only brown people are allowed to worship someone other than Yahweh — that’s the Christian and Jewish God’s actual name, for those who aren’t theologists. I was Buddhist for roughly seven years, after that I was animist and before now I was transcendentalist. I went to a Baptist church until I was roughly ten, but never as a Christian; I only went at my mother’s insistence — although I did go to a couple summer programs just because my friends were going. To this day, I go to church for weddings and funerals; that’s it Everyone I know assumes I must be atheist since I don’t praise Jesus. And this is not a Christian bashing; Atheists and Jews in America are the same way. If you say you’re not Christian, they assume you don’t believe in a God. What bothers me is that if we went to Albania and said, “We’re not Muslim,” they’d simply say we’re heretics or pagans. Heretics and Pagans are literally non-believers, that is it. Now granted, in western culture, atheism is generally the first alternative to Christianity; but that’s my point. It’s the first, not the only, alternative in the western culture. Note I did not say “world culture.” I’m not asking for everyone to start

Western culture appears to have forgotten that there are more religions than just Christianity and atheism (Cartoon by Eric Handlin)

memorizing everyone’s individual beliefs before they start up their hate engines. I even get that Christians think they have the one true religion; but hey, so does every other religion. It would be nice if we stopped being ignorant Neanderthals

and realized that in our own country, known as a cultural melting pot, there are more options to faith than one religion. But then, it’d also be nice if we stopped freaking out when people aren’t the same as us.

Don’t stress over picking your major, dream career Madison Quick


All college students must select a major to graduate from Indiana State. For some students that comes very easy. Some know exactly what they want to spend their lives doing and can work from there, but for others, not so much. The consequences of such a

major, life-defining choice alone adds so much pressure to students before we even consider what we want to do. This moment will decide what we want to do with our lives, all in one tiny choice. So many of us will go back and forth with what we feel will be our dream job. Some come to think that maybe they have chosen the wrong field, that maybe they would be better suited somewhere else.

The stress that comes with thinking like this is unbelievable. We toss and turn, try and fail, hoping to figure out what we want to do. Personally, I have wanted for the longest time to decide on what I want to do with my life but I can’t stick to one thing. Most people have a similar, if not the same problem. It is extremely difficult not to stress about something as huge as deciding your major. The truth is

though, with all the people telling us we need to graduate in four years or take extra classes, it just adds on to our plate. We need people helping us to look for options, and solutions to the troubles we face. One thing that can relieve this stress is talking it out. There are plenty of people on campus that are only here to help you. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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They are here to talk, to listen, and to do anything you need to succeed in college. Some places around campus you can go are the Career Center, Mentoring, Counseling Center and more. All of these places are designed to help you succeed in college and help you make the right

decision. They are here, but whether we use them or not is up to us. I have been to all of these places to help me decide on what I truly want to do. The fact is, I am a workaholic and I could do anything. But I need a job where I will always be active. It took me a long time to find that “perfect job” and I am still in the

decision process, but in the end I know I will be able to find the help I need. These advisors can help you to find what your niche is and how you can fill it. After all, that’s what their job is. Making the big decision may look scary and make you stress out more than anything, but you always have someone to

go to, or to help you when you face a crisis. In the end, don’t let all that stress build up behind closed doors, because it won’t do anything but make things worse. Ask and look for help, it’s all around you. Don’t sweat it you will decide on you dream job.

Guest Columnist: Student Success

Staff support: Meeting your faculty member halfway Connie McLaren

The phrase in the Student Publications mission statement Professor of that resonates Marketing most highly andOperations, me — and with why Scott College of so many Indiana Business State faculty have chosen this campus to establish their careers — is that the university provides “an engaging, challenging and supportive learning environment.” Students readily agree that faculty are

quite adept at challenging them to think and grow as they encounter new subject matter, experiences and ideas. We also hope that you will help us be supportive of your academic experience. Here are a few ways you can help: • Although we try to read your expressions during class, we aren’t mind readers. If you have an issue, let your instructor know. It may not be possible to adjust deadlines or provide extensive hours of tutoring, but your instructor can help you plan a path through the issues you face. • Don’t expect that campus policies don’t apply to you. If you haven’t had

the prerequisite for a class or met a requirement, don’t expect it will be waived just for you. If you have to miss class, contact your instructor beforehand and provide documentation when you return. • Understand course requirements, have the materials you need and invest the time and effort needed to succeed. What you need to know is available in the course syllabus — read it when you first receive it and reread it as the semester progresses. Stop by during office hours and let us get to know you. • Email is still the official communication tool between students and faculty, so check it. Few things frustrate faculty more

than trying to reach out to a student and having their attempts be ignored. • Keep a calendar. Organize your work and your workspace. Be prepared for advising appointments and meetings with your faculty. Use the Degree Audit Review System or MySam to track your progress. • Plan for your future. Join a student organization, engage with your community and learn how to apply for an internship. If you don’t know where to begin, ask. Everyone on campus wants you to succeed. An effective partnership with your faculty will contribute to that success. We can help if you let us.

Nation freaks at website, but was this to be expected?

Oct. 1 marked the beginning of a sixteen-day government shutdown, and the only good thing to come out of that date was the unveiling of the Affordable Care Acts’ “” The name of the site is pretty self-explanatory; uninsured citizens go to the website and find Columnist health care coverage that works for them. However, the website has not experienced an easy launch. Just as the case with most major new websites, has several issues that have stirred an unnecessary amount of panic in both political parties. showcased problems from the onset and Republican House members wasted no time in criticizing its apparent errors. Since then, the errors have ranged from certain states not having

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access to the site, to login issues, server signed a letter addressed to President errors. Adrian Cover, a CNN contributor, Barack Obama, urging him to fire Health reported that a successful login occurred and Human Services Secretary Kathleen after a week of repeated attempts. On Sibelius because of the tumultuous rollout Oct. 21 during a statement, the president of the site. stated “Nobody’s madder” than he is Dylan Scott of “Talking Points about the website errors; the issues have Memo,” reported that Democratic Rep. been an embarrassment Frank Pallone accused for the Democrats, and “ is Republicans of not trying for Republicans, the errors definitely a learning to make the situation better serve as irrefutable evidence would rather “use experience for all and that the Affordable Care the website glitches” as a involved, and . . . reason to “defund or repeal Act is awful altogether. During a House Energy should be taken in far Obamacare.” and Commerce Committee And has better stride . . .” hearing for the website’s been the media’s central turmoil, Republican story since the government representatives were incredibly vocal shutdown’s end on Oct.16. CNN, Fox about their disgust with the site’s errors. News and MSNBC have focused on Representative Joe Barton stated that the the site’s issues with a high amount of site’s poor design would leave the private scrutiny, with many pundits expressing information of Americans at risk, and overdramatic claims that the site’s issues Rep. Cory Gardner accused Democrats of will haunt Democrats. denying the site’s issues. And according to Amid all of the hysteria with the site’s United Press International, 32 Republicans shortcomings, President Obama’s new

appointee to handle the problems, Jeffrey Zients, has stated that site’s issues will be solved by the end of November. Zients attributed the issues to the high amount of site traffic, and has also cited “performance problems” that are occurring “across the site”. Zients calmly explained that the bugs are simply issues that prevent the software from operating as it should and that they’re going to “punch them out one by one.” The problems around have been blown far out of proportion. Given the nature of new websites, bugs and errors are to be expected. And though the Obama Administration would have liked for the website to launch with no issues, that probably was not going to happen with this website being the largest technological undertaking of the American government. is definitely a learning experience for all involved, and issues with it should be taken in far better stride than they have been. Just fix the site and get on with it.

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Behind the cape, the real reason why heroes turn dark

Superheroes have always been popular, but they were only ever meant for comic books, B-rated movies and horrible video games. But within the last decade, society’s perception of superheroes and their movies has been completely altered. There have been a massive Columnist amount of comic book based movies since 2000, including the “Batman Begins” series, the “Iron Man” series, the full set of “Avengers” movies, “The X-Men,” “Daredevil,” “Spiderman,” “The Incredible Hulk” and even “Catwoman.” But why this resurgence? Why have superheroes come back into the spotlight?

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The first American comic book, “Action Comics,” was published in 1938 featuring Superman. World War II was right around the corner, and art has often been said to predict the future state of affairs. So, comic books first started around World War II and remained popular until the 1950s, which was when America felt fairly safe in suburbia. Sure, there was the Cold War and there was the Red Scare, but there was an overall sense of safety. Comic books picked back up in popularity in the 1960s — during The Korean and Vietnam Wars — with the Batman television series. As time passed, comic books started to become progressively darker. What were once light-hearted stories for children, had now become multi-faceted stories about real people who happened to have superpowers. Comic books seem to surge

in popularity around times of great stress; could this be because the people need to feel safe in some way, and a superhero is the perfect fantasy of safety? As for why comic books darkened, it could be that the kids who had read them as children had grown up and decided to allow the comics to grow up as well, similar to the “Harry Potter” series. The first few “Harry Potter” books were very light-hearted and focused on the joys and wonders of witchcraft. But as the series progressed and the characters as well as the readers grew up, the series started to focus more on the dark side of witchcraft. It could be that people saw the world as a darker place or they foresaw the darkness that would come over the county with Desert Storm in the early ‘90s. Or maybe the comic book

artists sensed the invisible war for our privacy that we are facing right now with the National Security Administration. So, why are superheroes and comic books coming back in such strong force lately? Now we have that “movie magic” to really make the movies fantastic with Computer Graphic Imaging and they have great entertainment value, but that can’t be the only reason. It could be the current worldwide turmoil that is the global economy or it could be the rash of revolutions and wars going on. In America, specifically, there is the massive amount of unemployment and poverty. No matter the cause, everybody is just looking for some security and if we achieve that through fictional heroes with superpowers, then let the craze continue.

A young man’s guide to college

The art of professionalism, in and out of class

Ben Ramseier

College will end someday. Okay, recover from your brief heart Columnist attack and start preparing. College is not only important to a young man’s life for the sole fact of getting good grades and receiving a certificate validating he completed what was demanded of him. It is also a segment in life where he is challenged to practice for the real life that lies beyond the safety net of our parents or our university. So, if college is practice for the real life, why not practice perfectly? Many things can be done to prepare for the real world. What all young men need to keep in mind is that if you can take care of the small things, then overcoming bigger responsibilities will be that much easier.

A huge principle that has helped me with completing those small things consists of two words: “time management.” Get yourself an agenda, enter project meetings in your smartphone calendar, get a dry erase calendar board or do all three of those things. When you are aware of something approaching, you are more likely to be prepared and less stressed out. This same idea carries into the real world where you’ll have plenty of tasks to accomplish with various due dates. I’m not only speaking of the professional world, but also your future family life where your son will have a football game and your daughter will have a dance recital on the same day but different times. Another thing to train yourself to do while at college is to work with your professor. Following graduation, you

will have to learn to work with your coworkers and your employer by adapting to different personality types and management styles. Show initiative in the classroom by partaking in discussions as if your professor was your employer. Study for exams and complete projects as if a promotion depended on it. Practicing in these areas will help develop a competitive mindset that will help you prepare for your future job. Also, stay in transparent communication with your professor, especially if you missed a day. For example, I was sick, missed a class and forgot to email the professor. I approached her at the end of the next class day because I knew this course has daily in-class assignments. I was honest and said that it was my fault for not emailing her and that I will accept

a late grade according to the syllabus if I can still turn in it for credit. She ended up allowing me to complete the assignment with no late grade. Professors are here to make sure we achieve applicable knowledge for our career and lives. So why not utilize that purpose? There are many things that can be addressed to ensure your professional development as a young man, but exercising these small practices will undoubtedly smoothen the road. Like I mentioned before, college should be viewed as practice for the real life. If someone was to practice poorly then that consequently means they would have poor results. Use your time in college to practice perfectly so that your results reflect the life you’ve envisioned.

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Don’t get too bored

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Page 8 Features Editor, Joseph Paul

Students study the effects of the emerald ash borer on campus, an insect that is threatening ash trees Tony Campbell

ISU Communications and Marketing A blight branching out from Michigan is traveling south to devour all ash trees in its path. The emerald ash borer traveled from China to Michigan, likely by a wooden crate shipment, and has crippled almost every ash tree it has found. After wiping out nearly all ash trees around Michigan, it began making its way south and has infected Indiana State University ash trees. A tree-ring research class consisting of graduate students and an undergraduate is partnering with Purdue Extension to examine the insect’s effects on tree growth and health. “The ash trees don’t stand a chance against the emerald ash borers,” said Sabrina Brown, a senior environmental science and science education major. “Our end goal is to see if the treatment works on the trees. Hopefully the trees will be better off.” There are 450 ash trees on Indiana State’s campus. The project aims to treat 20 ash and 20 oak trees. The oaks are being treated to make sure the damage done to ash trees isn’t weather or erosion-based. Mature ash borers feed on the leaves of the ash tree and lay eggs inside the bark. Borer larvae drain the nutrients and water from trees, stunting their growth and eventually killing them. The insects can be identified by their bright, metallic emerald color. Some sport a reddish tint within the emerald color and most tend to be between 10 and 13 millimeters long. American emerald ash borers are the only ones that have a metallic red dorsal surface, located under the wings. Indiana State students Sabrina Brown, Rose Newton and Yitong Jiang obtain core samples from an ash tree to study the effects of Continued on PAGE 9 the emerald ash borer, an insect which is killing ash trees across the nation (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

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Jim Speer, professor of geography and geology at Indiana State, leads his students in drilling holes in the infected trees to inject a pesticide. “The tree will draw water and pesticide from the roots toward the top, killing the larvae along the way,” he said. “The pesticide will eventually reach the leaves and kill the mature borers. This will hopefully control the (ash borer) population and sustain the trees.” Aside from trying to control the emerald ash borer, the class is attempting to determine when they arrived at ISU. Students took cross-section samples and have started counting the rings. By counting each affected ring, researchers can determine how many years the borers have been inside the tree. The emerald ash borer appeared in the United States in the 1990s and was identified in 2002 as being the cause of ash tree deaths, killing nearly 100 percent of the ash trees they have come across. The borer has spread rapidly in the central and eastern United States.

They are wreaking havoc as far west as Colorado, as far northeast as New Jersey and as far south as Georgia. Signs of the ash borers were first noticed on Indiana State’s campus about three years ago. The insects can travel through various media, Speer said. “They can be spread so easily — all it takes is one infected piece of wood and it can begin to spread,” Speer said. “They can also travel on vehicles and through the wind.” The project can also save ISU money, since the cost of removing trees is significant compared to injecting pesticide. Students are getting hands on experience in research, Speer said. “It is fun learning what scientists do in these research projects,” Brown said. “It really is one of my favorite things about ISU. We aren’t only learning, we are helping the ISU and Terre Haute community.”

Yitong Jiang, a doctorate student in geography and spacial sciences at Indiana State, examines cross-sections of a tree effected by the emerald ash borer with the help of Sabrina Brown, a science education and earth and environmental systems major and Rose Newton, a biology major (Photo courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

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Weesner crowned 2014 Miss Indiana State University Denise Smith Reporter Eleven Indiana State students competed for the 2014 Miss ISU crown on Sunday in the University Hall Auditorium. Miss ISU began in 1958 and, according to the Miss ISU Web page, the pageant ended in 1983 but returned in 2002. Total, there have been 23 women to wear the crown. According to the Web page, Miss ISU is not only meant to encourage the showing of outer beauty; it is also meant to show the community the determination it takes to compete and the challenges women face across the globe. The pageant is made possible with the help of many university sponsors,

including the ISU Foundation, ISU bookstore and Union Board. These sponsors help provide the money awarded to the winner and the first, second and third runner-ups. The winner receives a $1500 scholarship and is given the opportunity to compete in the upcoming Miss Indiana Pageant. The first runner-up is given a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to fill the role of the new Miss ISU if she is unable to do so. To begin the 2014 pageant, the contestants joined each other on stage to show the audience and judges a bit of their personalities. After meeting each Continued on PAGE 11

Above: Jessica Weesner, right, a senior accounting major, was crowned the 2014 Miss ISU during the pageant on Sunday. Kyla Eubank, a senior textiles and merchandising major, presented Weesner with the crown. Left: During the evening gown portion, Weesner, who was awarded a $1,500 scholarship, walks along the stage behind a huge peace sign to correspond with this year’s theme, “Peace, Love and Miss ISU” (Photos by Drew Canavan).

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After Jessica Weesner, center, was crowned on Sunday, the 11 Miss Indiana State University contestants gathered on stage in the University Hall auditorium (Photo by Drew Canavan).

contestant, the host introduced the judges and Kyla Eubank, Miss ISU of 2013 and a senior textiles and merchandising major. The first competition was the swimsuit event. Each constant showed their confidence in colorful swimsuits that matched this year’s 1960s theme, “Peace Love and Miss ISU.” While the students prepared for the talent portion, the members of the singing group, “One Note at a Time,” performed for the audience. After the performance, the talent portion of the event began, including acts of flag twirling, singing, chalk art, jazz, tap

dancing and comedy. Brianna Rogers, a senior textiles, apparel and merchandising major, said she was supporting a contestant but was impressed by the overall talent of the women competing. “I loved everybody’s performances. I think we have so much diverse talent here tonight, which is crazy because you wouldn’t know unless they were showcasing their talent,” Rogers said. “I love gilts, I love glamour, I love glitter. Oh my goodness, some of these girls looked like they were dipped in glitter. The color choices with their skin tones are working


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perfectly. They are wearing it well.” Later, the pageant went into intermission. As she waited, Debbie Weesner, parent of contestant Jessica Weesner, said she hoped the competition was everything her daughter expected it to be. “I’m hoping her performance is at the level that she expects her to be at. I know she enjoys performing in front of people,” Weesner said. “I’m beyond excited.” The last events were the evening gown and question and answer portions. Each constant picked two questions and answered to their best ability.

After the judges compiled their scores, they announced that the winner was Jessica Weesner, a senior accounting major. “It’s unbelievable and I’m overwhelmed with positive emotions right now,” Weesner said. “I pulled myself to get my body where it needed to be. I practice with interviews and questions. I also practice my walking and posture.” Weesner said she encourages women at ISU to get involved in the pageant. To learn more, visit the Miss ISU Web page at


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Freshman honored after games last week

Kevin Jenison


ISU Athletic Media Relations Indiana State freshman outside hitter Bree Spangler was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday by the league office. Spangler is the second Sycamore to be honored this season and the ninth in the history of the program. Spangler led the Sycamores to a pair of victories last week while establishing career game highs in hitting percentage, kills, digs and points. Spangler averaged 3.56 kills per set in wins over Saint Louis and Illinois State with 32 kills in 75 attempts with just five errors for a .360 hitting percentage while also recording two assists, a service ace, 31 digs and scoring 33.0 points — 3.67 per set. The freshman had a career game high of 19 digs against Saint Louis on Tuesday while also picking up 10 kills — 2.00 per set — while hitting .233. She was a key to the Sycamores victory Illinois State on Friday as she posted career game highs of .444 hitting percentage, 22 kills and 23.0 points. Spangler averaged 4.50 kills per set with 22 kills in 45 attempts and just two errors. She also had an assist, a service ace and 12 digs on the night. Spangler also recorded her first two career double-doubles last week — 10 kills and 19 digs against Saint Louis and 22 kills and 12 digs against Illinois State. Northern Iowa senior outside hitter Macy Ubben was the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week while Evansville senior libero Katie Klages was the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Spangler is the first Sycamore to be named Freshman of the Week since the award was instituted in 2005. Senior outside hitter Morgan Dall was named the Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9 with Indiana State now having two players recognized in the same season for only the second time in volleyball history. Kiya James was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2011. Two other Sycamores were recognized for noteworthy performances during the week, including Dall and sophomore outside hitter Victoria Swigart. Dall continues to lead the Missouri Valley Conference in kills, kills per set, points and

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Indiana State Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois State 3-1 (W) Women’s Soccer vs. Missouri St. 2-1 (W) Football vs. North Dakota 56-10 (L) Missouri Valley Standings

Freshman Bree Spangler goes up for a block (Photo courtesy of ISU Athletic Media Relations).

points per set as the senior averaged 4.78 kills per set with 43 kills in 109 attempts and 15 errors for a .257 hitting percentage in two Sycamore victories last week. She also had two assists, a service ace, 20 digs, a block and scored 44.50 points — 4.94 points per set. The senior had 20 kills in 48 attempts with just four errors and a .348 hitting percentage in a five set victory over Saint Louis on Tuesday while also posting 20 digs and scoring 20 points. She added 23 kills in 63 attempts with 11 errors for a .190 hitting percentage against Illinois State Friday while also posting two assists, a service ace, a block assist and scoring 24.5 points.

Swigart was a key to the Sycamore defense with six blocks and 24 digs while also scoring on 14 kills and a service ace last week. She also had 10 assists in the two games while scoring 18 points. Swigart had three block assists and seven digs against Saint Louis on Tuesday while also posting 10 kills in 31 attempts with just one error for a .290 hitting percentage and adding five assists. She had three more block assists on Friday against Illinois State while setting a career game high of 17 digs. Swigart also had four kills, five assists and a service ace against the Redbirds.

Football North Dakota 8-0 Youngstown 7-1 Illinois State 4-4 South Dakota 4-4 Missouri State 3-6 Southern Illinois 4-4 South Dakota St. 5-4 Western Illinois 3-6 Northern Iowa 4-4 Indiana State 1-7 Women’s Volleyball Wichita State 20-5 Northern Iowa 17-6 Illinois State 15-7 Southern Ill. 12-11 Missouri State 14-9 Bradley 11-9 Loyola 9-14 Indiana State 10-12 Evansville 8-14 Drake 2-21 Women’s Soccer Illinois State 10-6 Indiana State 8-8 Missouri State 5-9-3 Evansville 9-4-2 Loyola 5-8-5 Drake 3-9-4 Northern Iowa 3-15

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How to be festive and heathly during Halloween Here are some crazy and creepy nutrition facts for your Halloween delight. Buggy Food A friend comes to you with a food issue. She finds that when she eats chocolate, peanut butter and popcorn she experiences cramps, a stuffy nose and skin rash. Nutrition She says that she has no Columnist known food allergies, so you are perplexed. What is wrong with your friend? When my husband presented this question to me, being the dietetics student that I am, I responded, “I’d tell my friend to avoid those foods and definitely not ever eat chocolate peanut butter popcorn.” He gave me a pity laugh and then showed me research on cockroach allergies. What do cockroach allergies have to do with food, you ask? Simply that the Food and Drug Administration allows 60 insect parts per every two chocolate bars, and most of them are cockroach parts. Maybe you are thinking that you won’t run into many people that this affects. Actually, 37 percent of intercity children are allergic to cockroaches. Many have asthma because of this.

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“Pumpkins are actually very nutritious. They are low in fat, calories and sodium but high in fiber, Vitamins A and B, potassium, protein and iron. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of zinc.” Lots of parents misdiagnose these issues and just say that their children are allergic to chocolate or peanuts, while in fact their lives are being affected in numerous ways because of their cockroach allergy. And to add to our creepy food theme, candy corn is also covered in insect secretions.

(Sumitted photo).

Pink Slime Boneless, lean beef trimmings and lean, finely-textured beef don’t sound so scary, huh? Well, what if I told you that “pink slime” is what the meat industry calls the food additive and filler used in some ground beef and beef-based products, or that it is treated with gaseous ammonia or citric acid to kill bacteria? Scared now, I bet. Ammonia is toxic, mind you, so eat up. Pumpkins These are not creepy facts, but when many of us think of fall food, we think of pumpkins. Pumpkins are actually very nutritious. They are low in fat, calories and sodium but high in fiber, Vitamins A and B, potassium, protein and iron. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of zinc. Jack o’ lanterns are actually an Irish Halloween tradition that began hundreds of years ago, made using turnips and potatoes. When the Irish came to America and discovered pumpkins, they found out that they were much easier to carve and hollow out. Maybe this Halloween you can talk your friends into making authentic jack o’ lanterns with root vegetables.

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Senior Bobby Webb (on the far right) and the Indiana State hurdler compete in the finals at the Rose Hulman meet last year (Photos courtesy of ISU Communications and Marketing).

“My wife is very crafty,” Webb said. “She childish in some degree, but I’ve matured makes shirts all the time for my girls and a lot and it’s my family.” they come to meets. My mom will come Fellow senior multi-event athlete and to meets that are far away. They pack math education major Kelly Steffen said me special treat bags for meets that are Webb’s busy schedule makes him stand really far and are out on the team. constantly calling “He is an me. They just show a enthusiastic and “They just show a lot of lot of support, some positive leader are not verbal, but support if some are not verbal even though he it’s in their actions. but it’s in their actions. They has so much on his They allow me to do ” Steffen said. allow me to do this and it’s plate, this and it’s a hectic “When he comes to a hectic lifestyle being a lifestyle being a practice, he can be student-athlete.” such a hard worker student-athlete.” In matters of the no matter how his Indiana State track has been, and Bobby Webb, senior multi event day and field team, is always willing athlete Webb said it has to help anyone. helped mold him Whether it’s a guy or into what he is today. girl; no matter what event you’re in, he’ll “It means everything to me,” Webb said also try his best.” “It’s been my life for the past four and a Webb’s attitude carries over into half years, and it’s been good to me. It’s competition, as well. At meets, along with helped me develop into the man that I the rest of the team, his intensity begins to am today. I came here very young, and burn his drive to win, Steffen said.

“He is probably his biggest competitor,” Steffen said. “He just wants to beat all of his times and distances no matter what the meet is, whether it’s small or big. Because of that intensity, sometimes he gets upset with himself, but he can usually channel that well. That ends with really good results because he just keeps going and thriving off that energy.” Webb also steps up as a leader, Steffen said. His ability to be vocal and personable allows him to be open and cheer on anyone so he doesn’t seclude himself to just one event group. “Being a multi-event athlete, he is around almost everyone on the team and that is a really cool thing,” Steffen said. “A lot of times we’re split up into our event groups but he feels a part of every group and he’s just really fun to be around.” After Webb’s last semester of competition, he will be attending Indiana State’s Master Public Administration program, working on his master’s degree. “Eventually, I want to apply for law school,” Webb said. “I’m really interested

in social issues and social justice issues for an organization that helps people in poverty, especially children in poverty. Going to law school will help me get a platform onto legislation in terms of helping more organizations. My lifelong goal is to run for some office, whether it be US Congress, a state or city position. I want to be in public service.” Native of LaPorte, Webb lettered four years in track and field, two years in football and basketball at New Prairie High School. He was state qualifier in the high jump and All-Conference competitor in the 110-meter hurdles. While in high school he won multiple honors, including Most Improved Field Athlete, Mental Attitude Award and Most Valuable Field Athlete. As a Sycamore, Webb is a three year letter holder. He has broken the Heptathlon record in the last indoor season with a score of 5,465 points and sits fourth on the alltime best list for the outdoor season with a total of 6,870 points for the decathlon.


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